New ABC series Miriam Margolyes: Almost Australian has been sold to BBC2.
The 3 x 60 min documentary produced by Southern Pictures follows actor and commentator Miriam Margolyes as she embarks on a 10,000 km road trip to get under the skin of her new homeland.
Over a two-month journey, she explores what the Australian dream, mateship and the idea of the ‘lucky country’ mean today. The show won its timeslot this week but drew headlines and social media commentary over controversial comments.
“Although I’ve been coming and going from Australia with my Australian partner for over 40 years, and we have a house here, I felt I had to get out of my ‘bubble’ and meet all kinds of people. I think that’s something we all need to do. It was a journey of discovery – and I loved every minute of it,” she said.
Southern Pictures executive producer Laurie Critchley says: “Miriam is able to shine a light on things that other people miss. While she can have a kind of bull-in-a-china-shop energy, it’s always coupled with her incredible powers of empathy, insight, humour and an open mind. Miriam is upfront about being a new Australian with a lot to learn — and we were amazed how she connected with everyone she met. I’m extremely proud that our series will be part of the BBC’s primetime line-up for 2020. Miriam and Australia are an irresistible combination.”
Miriam Margolyes: Almost Australian is represented by ABC Commercial. Financed with the assistance of Screen Australia, Screen NSW and Screen Territory.
The series continues 8.30pm Tuesday, May 26 and June 3 on ABC.